Hany Mukhtar hit the target twice, scoring the winning goal in the 74e minute, Tuesday at Tennessee, and Nashville SC defeated Orlando City SC 2-1 to advance to the Eastern Association of Major League Soccer (MLS) semifinals.
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Mukhtar lifted the crowd at Nissan Stadium with a fine individual effort in the second half. The German slipped into the enemy zone while dribbling before deceiving goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a ground strike.
At the 21e minute, he took advantage of a turnaround by Junior from Almeida Junior to lob the ball over Gallese’s head. Jhonder Cadiz completed the score on the added time.
The Florida club had started this meeting well with the first goal of the match, courtesy of Daryl Dike. The latter scored with a header following a corner kick in the 14e minute.
Nashville joins the Philadelphia Union in the Eastern semifinals. The Pennsylvania team defeated the New York Red Bulls last Saturday. This next duel will take place on Sunday in Chester. In his second year with MLS, Nashville will try to reach the Eastern Finals for the first time.
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